With game three showing up in the lost column, how did the Gamecocks’ perform vs. Georgia
Sept. 19, 2021
Here’s a look at the positives and the negatives for the Gamecocks' in the Gamecocks’ 40-13 loss at Georgia on Saturday.
Jaylan Foster: The Gamecock defense simply couldn’t get off the field, the senior safety Foster provided a couple of Gamecock highlights, by intercepting a Stetson Bennett pass in the first half and picking off a JT Daniels pass as well in the third quarter for his second pick in the game.
QB Luke Doty: Well the Gamecock fans finely got to see Doty on the field in a blowout loss, but in a bit of good news for the Gamecocks through, Doty made his season debut after missing the first two games of the season with a foot injury. But at the cost of an hand injury to starter Zeb Noland. The sophomore QB completed 13 of 26 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but his offensive line gave him little room to work against Georgia’s ferocious defensive line
WR Josh Vann: The senior wide receiver has been the Gamecocks most dependable receiver this season. He brought in a 61-yard pass by Noland on the first drive of the game that set up a field goal, and he nearly came down with a similar catch from the arm of Doty before a replay review ruled that the ball touched the ground. Vann lead the Gamecocks in receiving with 128 yards on three catches, adding another nice catch for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, The only TD for the gamecocks Saturday night..
Third-down defense: Help in aiding to the secondary’s struggles, the Gamecocks defense struggled to get off the field on third downs, allowing UGA to convert five of seven third-down attempts in the first half along. Finished the night 8 of 12 attempts overall.
The secondary: DC Clayton White has said that mistakes by the secondary result in points on the scoreboard, and that was certainly what happens Saturday night. Daniels had little issue moving the ball, routinely finding the soft spots in the Gamecocks zone coverage. Two times a Bulldogs receiver blew by a Gamecock defensive back for long touchdowns. Jermaine Burton ran by Cam Smith for a 43-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Adonai Mitchell burned Darius Rush for a 38-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter both times the receivers was wide open.
Offensive line: Worst of all and most disappointing was offensive line play all night long penalties’ and confusion not able to open any lanes for the running backs while facing an elite defensive line anchored by Jordan Davis, the Gamecocks struggled to keep pressure off Noland and Doty and especially struggled to open running lanes in the first half (13 carries for nine yards). Constantly under pressure, Doty used his legs to escape the pocket but had little time to complete his throws and was sacked twice including a second-half strip sack that resulted in a fumble.
Injuries bug hits: The Gamecocks were bruised and battered early in the contest. Starting LB Sherrod Greene went down with a leg injury in Georgia’s opening offensive drive and had to be carted off the field, with Gamecocks teammates gathered around him to offer support. Noland played just one drive and attempted only two passes before a teammate stepped on his hand and forced him into the locker room, prompting Doty’s entrance into the game.